curated by Maria Porges

February 3 - March 4, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 5 - 7 pm

THIS PLACE highlights the work of Peter Baczek, Monique Boyd, Timothea Campbell, Victoria Hamlin, Shelley Hoyt, Jeannie O'Connor, and Nancy Mona Russell. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, February 3, 5 - 7pm and runs through March 4, 2018.

The task of selecting a show from the works submitted by 180 member artists is not a simple one. In a display of enormously diverse style and media, the BAC Artists Annual Exhibition is an exciting opportunity for artists to have hundreds of eyes on their work and in particular, the eyes of this year's curator, Maria Porges.

Porges is an Associate Professor at California College of the Arts. She is an artist and writer whose work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions since the late eighties. She received a SECA award from the SFMOMA and has twice been in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. A finalist for the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writer's Grant in 2014, her critical writing has appeared in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics, Glass, the New York Times Book Review, and a host of other art magazines. She has also authored essays for over 100 exhibition catalogues and dozens of scripts for museum audio tours.

In her selection of works for THIS PLACE, Porges was interested in the role that the artist’s environment plays in his/her development. She states, “The work of each of the seven artists in this show demonstrates a connection to the unique landscapes of northern California, whether urban, suburban or pastoral.”

Some works are straightforward, others more abstract or symbolic. Through painting, printmaking, drawing, etching, digital prints and painted film, the artworks create a record of familiar places -- and some that no longer exist.

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Jeannie O’Connor, MacArthur Mayhem, archival pigment print, 2017

Jeannie O’Connor, MacArthur Mayhem, archival pigment print, 2017

Divining Triptychs: Printmaking, Dance, and Poetry Across Millennia
works by Robert Woods, Lucinda Weaver, and Alan Bern

Inferno, Canto V, by Robert Woods

Inferno, Canto V, by Robert Woods

March 7 - 17, 2018
Live performances: 
Friday, March 16, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 17, at 4:30 pm

$15 advance/$20 at the door; $10 BAC Members & youth under 18
(click on date to purchase) Doors open 30 min prior.

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Berkeley Art Center will host a multimedia exhibition and live event featuring the work of poet and storyteller Alan Bern; dancer and choreographer Lucinda Weaver; and artist Robert Woods. With deep roots in Berkeley, all three have been working along parallel lines and weaving their work together in site-specific collaborations. Woods and Bern have worked together under the fine publishing imprint Lines & Faces for more than forty years. Weaver, who danced with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, has performed together with Bern for fifteen years as PACES: dance & poetry fit to the space. On March 16 and 17, Bern and Weaver will perform a dance/poetry collaboration based on the broadsides that feature Bern’s translations of Dante and his poem “Dialogue,” a dramatic exchange between Hildegard of Bingen and St. Francis of Assisi. 

All funds from tickets and art sales donated to the BAC by the artists. A brief reception will follow each performance.

Composing Together: Family Workshop
Saturday March 10, 3pm

Poet Alan Bern and professional musicians will lead step-by-step activities to compose unique, expressive poetry and then pair it with music that fits the mood. Composing Together brings everyone's voice to the table and the stage by using poetry to explore issues of self-identity, relationships with nature, our place in the world, and silly things that just make us feel good.

Poetry Reading and Panel Discussion
Sunday March 11, 3pm

Enjoy poetry readings by members of a North Berkeley writing group: Rebecca Radner, Glenn Ingersoll and Alan Bern. Special guest John Altman, Santa Barbara translator, will read from his translations of Neruda. After the reading, the poets will talk about marketing and publishing, sharing stories about their own struggles, pet peeves, and delights. Q & A and discussion will follow: audience participation will be most welcome.

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GLAS Animation Festival

March 22-25, 2018

Berkeley Art Center will be hosting a pop-up exhibition of animation art installations as part of this city-wide festival. The festival takes place at six venues including Landmark Shattuck Cinemas, California Theater, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, David Brower Center, East Bay Media Center, Berkeley Art Center, and Berkeley Public Library, all within walking distance in the heart of Downtown Berkeley.

GLAS Animation Festival takes place March 22 - 25, 2017 and includes a complete short film competition program as well as retrospectives, special curated programs, Q&As, behind the scene screenings and panels, animation installations and more. GLAS Animation Festival unites the animation community with the Berkeley and Bay Area community, sharing great and unique animated works from around the world.

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Agility Projects present Leah Rosenberg and Jeremiah Jenkins
The Measure of Enjoyment

April 7 - May 13, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday April 7, 6-8pm

The 2018 Agility Projects will mark the third year of this innovative series of exhibits by local artists. Featured artists are selected by BAC’s curatorial committee from a list nominated by esteemed Bay Area arts professionals. Participating artists receive commission stipends, funds for materials, support from a preparator, photo documentation of their work, the publication of an exhibition catalog; and professional development support.

This year’s Agility Projects artists are Leah Rosenberg and Jeremiah Jenkins. Rosenberg is a San Francisco-based artist whose practice spans a range of media including painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking and performance. Color and process play a primary role in her practice. She is the lead artist for the pop-up exhibition “Color Factory” in San Francisco and recently won a commission for a piece at San Francisco International Airport. Jenkins creates sculptures, installations and performative work, whose humor and social resonance stem from a unique understanding of materials. As he states “I think of myself as a reverse anthropologist. I make artifacts that reflect our society on a physical and conceptual level.”

Leah Rosenberg, Everyday, a color, 2015 at Irving Street Projects

Leah Rosenberg, Everyday, a color, 2015 at Irving Street Projects

Jeremiah Jenkins, Victory (Stockpile), 6 x 3 x 12”, plastic, paint, marble

Jeremiah Jenkins, Victory (Stockpile), 6 x 3 x 12”, plastic, paint, marble

Wonder Women: 10 Bay Area Figurative Artists
curated by George Krevsky

May 26 - June 30, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday May 26, 6-8pm

The exhibition features artwork in various media by a select group of woman artists, all in the tradition of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. This talented collection of creative individuals has produced a body of work that tells a story as exciting as the times we live in. Using paint, pastel, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking, Helen Berggruen, Kay Bradner, Stacey Carter, Dana DeKalb, Lisa Esherick, Robbin Henderson, Naomie Kremer, Diana Krevsky, Tabitha Soren, and Jan Wurm have developed a narrative that reflects our 21st Century culture. In addition to working passionately in their studios, each one has found time to be an active member of the arts community with their medium bringing the message that women artists, long overshadowed by the collecting public, deserve a place in the spotlight.

Queer Technology
curated by Elliot Anderson

July 14 - August 19, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday July 14, 6-8pm

Elliot Anderson is Associate Professor of Electronic Art, Digital Arts/New Media at UC Santa Cruz. Anderson's own work incorporates a wide range of media including video, sound, computer interaction, animation, and digital imaging. His work includes interactive computer sculptures and installation, public art, interactive video for performance, and digital photography. He has curated for numerous galleries, conferences, and festivals, and juried the First Annual Electronic Awards for the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA).

Bay Area Month of Photography
curated by Ann Jastrab

September 29 - October 28, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday Sept 29, 6-8pm

BAC will be participating in the inaugural year of the Bay Area Month of Photography (September 2018). Guest curator Ann Jastrab will work with the Bay Area Photographers Collective to create an exhibition including some of the twenty-two BAPC members. BAPC is a nonprofit that sustains a community of photographic artists through support, encouragement, and constructive critique, and exhibition opportunities. Curator Ann Jastrab was the gallery director for Rayko Photo in San Francisco for ten years. She is also Editor in Chief for All About Ann has curated many exhibitions for RayKo as well as for the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Artspan, SFAI, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has reviewed portfolios at festivals and competitions around the world.

Universal Messages: New Vistas
Contemporary works from Muslim Women Artists in the Bay Area
curated by Salma Arastu

November 3 - December 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday Nov 3, 6-8pm

The nine Muslim women artists featured include Salma Arastu, Bassamat Fayoumi Bahnasy, Manli Salimah Chao, Rabea Chaudhry, Rubina Kazi, Yasmin Khafagi, Azeem Khaliq, Nabeela Sajjad, Ayesha Samdani, and Sophia Ahmed Sattar. Many of these artists are inspired by the art of Arabic Calligraphy which developed from the Islamic tradition forbidding the depiction of God, Mohamed and the prophets in art. Historically verses from the Quran were rendered in beautifully crafted manuscripts. The works in this show, explore the creative possibility of calligraphy and the content of the spiritual words.

Public programs:

Saturday, November 3, 7pm: “Sounds of Faith” live musical performance. On the opening day of the exhibit we invite singers and performers to present a variety of melodius spiritual songs. It will begin with eloquent Quran reciting, followed by Jewish and Christian hymns performed by Bay Area musicians. Participants will be invited from partnering organizations such as the Islamic Society of San Francisco, and Universal Unitarian Church in San Francisco, Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland and Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.

Sunday, November 11, 1-3pm: “Mandala Workshop” collaborative art project. The community is invited to create a group mandala with lead artist Salma Arastu. A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian and Buddhist religions, representing the universe. According to the artist, all faiths are connected through philosophy, myths, rituals and deep-rooted beliefs in the mandala circle, and are moving towards the center.

Thursday, November 15, 7pm: "In Search of Eternal Love" Rumi poetry and dance. Performance artist Naina Shastri and visual artist Salma Arastu collaborate on a performance utilizing Indian classical dance, poetry, video projection, and live music to connect 13th-century Persian mystic Mevlana Rumi and 16th-century Indian saint Meera Bai, who both spoke of finding salvation in love.